The message Newtown football coach Steve George and teacher Bob Pattison left on their classroom whiteboard Saturday night was simple and direct.
It could have been a message to George’s players in a Newtown locker room.
This one was for the President of the United States.
President Barack Obama was on his way to Newtown High School Sunday night to address a packed auditorium of families and community leaders gathered to mourn the shooting deaths of 20 children and six teachers at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.
It was a simple, thank you note.
And it got a simple, powerful, reply.
George, a Newtown graduate and the football coach since 2007, Tweeted a picture of it just an hour or so after the President left town. It was re-Tweeted several hundred times within a half hour.
Myself an pattison left a note to president Obama on my board and he responded!!Here is his response. twitter.com/newtownfootbal…
— Steven George (@newtownfootball) December 17, 2012
George and Pattison wrote:
“Dear President Obama,
“The Newtown community is so thankful that you are coming to help us heal. In times of adversity it is reassuring to know that we have a strong leader to help us recover.
-Steve George, teacher/football coach
-Bobby Pattison, teacher
You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Obama met the families of the children and teachers killed in the Sandy Hook shooting and later addressed the auditorium with an 18-minute speech broadcast around the world.